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Tampa Electric meets energy needs of customers during cold spell

TAMPA, January 8, 2010

Tampa Electric has been successfully meeting our customer’s energy needs without curtailing or interrupting residential or business service since the current cold spell began Jan. 3. The company also has fully utilized the aero peaking units that were placed in service in 2009 at our Bayside and Big Bend power stations for these high-demand conditions.

The total energy used by Tampa Electric customers during the entire 24-hour day of Jan. 6 set an all-time record of 79, 261 megawatt-hours (MWh). The previous record, 76,200 MWh, was set on Aug. 20, 2007.

The company set a new winter peak-demand record for electricity usage of approximately 4,300 megawatts (MW) of electricity compared with the previous winter record of 4,243 MW set on Jan. 22, 2009.

As Tampa Electric prepares for the extended cold weather through the weekend, we continue to encourage our customers to visit our Web site for cold weather conservation tips at: www.tampaelectric.com

Tampa Electric Company is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: TE), an integrated energy-related holding company with regulated utility businesses, complemented by a family of unregulated businesses. Tampa Electric Company is a regulated utility with both electric and gas divisions (Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System). Other subsidiaries are engaged in coal, and electric generation and distribution in Guatemala.

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CHERIE JACOBS
TECO Energy, Tampa Electric, Peoples Gas
TECO Energy, Inc.
702 N. Franklin Street
Tampa, Florida 33602
E-mail: cljacobs@tecoenergy.com Email Icon